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Lung cancer in Victoria: are we making progress?

Lung cancer is the greatest single cause of cancer death in Australia for both men and women.1,2 Despite Australia having some of the best outcomes internationally, the 5-year relative survival rate is less than 15%.2,3

Our previously reported survey of cases of lung cancer, reported to the Victorian Cancer Registry in the first half of 1993, identified opportunities to improve patient management.4,5 Since that time, there have been a number of important developments in staging and treatment for this disease.68

In this study, 10 years on, we present the results of a detailed survey of Victorian patients who presented with lung cancer in 2003 and who were followed for 5 years to provide updated and additional information, including changes over the decade.